– OPC has called on hoodlums to stop destroying lives and property in southwest
– The organisation threateneded to send its men out if violence persists
– Meanwhile, it urged Buhari and Sanwo-Olu to investigate the shooting of harmless protesters in Lekki
The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Friday called for an immediate stop to the destruction of lives and property in the South-West following the #EndSARS protests.
The socio-cultural group, loyal to its late Founder, Dr Frederick Fasheun, made the call in a statement signed by Chief Wasiu Afolabi, its Deputy President.
Rising from an emergency executive meeting, Afolabi warned that if the violence persisted, the organisation might be forced to roll out its men with a view to guarantee security.
The group lamented over the Lekki Tollgate shootings and the subsequent wanton destruction of lives and property, urging the rioters to withdraw from the streets and end the violence.
It urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately empanel commissions of enquiry at both federal and state levels to investigate, identify and sanction those behind Tuesday’s shooting of unarmed protesters at Lekki.
“Such a heinous crime must not be swept under the carpet; or else we shall be nurturing a licence-to-kill mentality in our military men and security operatives as well as open up our civilian citizenry to the abuse and impunity of those supposed to protect us,”Afolabi said.
He said that OPC noted with dismay the peaceful conduct of the #EndSARS protesters allegedly hijacked by hoodlums who now found an opportunity to loot, cause mayhem and destroy the economic basis of the region.
Afolabi said: “OPC as an organisation will not fold its arms and watch the region turned into the scapegoat of #EndSARS protests.
“However, the organisation noted that every agitation must end on the negotiation table and time has come for campaigners to step back and see whether or not the government would fulfil its promise to end SARS and bring about massive reforms in the police.”
Afolabi said that OPC support a peaceful #EndSARS campaign and fully backed the protesters, but condemned the destruction of businesses, particularly in the Southwest.
In a related report, Legit.ng had reported that Osinbajo expressed sadness over the killing of some #EndSARS protesting youths at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20.
In a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, on Wednesday night, October 21, the vice president also registered his condolence over the deaths of some policemen and other Nigerians in different parts of Lagos and other states.
Noting that he has spoken to some survivors in the hospital, Professor Osinbajo admitted that some losses so far recorded can not be replaced.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar has declared Friday, October 23, as a day of special prayer for the nation.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations.
The monarch requested all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.
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